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to identify the n.r.a. as the far right and to separate them. nerpped, the right is more out of step than he is -- in other words, the right is more out of step than he is. >> if you look at public opinion broadly, it seems there's been a shift in the country. thrls been a 10% shift to the right amongst the republican party. so you have seen, it's true, a republican party that has shifted to the right. barack obama has managed through issues like gun control and the right through organizations like the n.r.a. to paint them as out of step with the mainstream of america more successfully than the right has managed to depict the president as being out of step with the mainstream of america. chris: i want to ask you about the cover of a magazine, has the country moved more towards the gun control position or not because of the horror at newtown? >> i think they've moved some to that position. the n.r.a. still has a stranglehold, but the president can use the extremism of the n.r.a., who are acting like a bunch of crazies that's days to help sell the rest of his agenda. chris: this is too far out
against gun violence. also testifying the nra's wayne lapierre. the nra reached out to its members urging them to attend this senate committee hearing. in an e-mail and online in a posting the gun lobby group says "you can bet the anti-gunners will be trying to mobilize their supporters to pack the hearing room and we need to make sure that the room is filled with second amendment supporters!" dana bash is on capitol hill this morning and finding out all sorts of stuff this morning for example there was a move to bring guns into the senate committee hearing, is that going to happen? >> reporter: it's not and it was a move by two of the republican senators on the committee, two of the chief supports of gun rights, lindsey graham and ted cruz. i'm told by a spokesman for graham they're not going to do this because of lots of red tape and bureaucracy in order to allow them to do this. first and foremost assault weapons are not legal in the district of columbia so they gave up and lindsey graham is going to have pictures and posters of these weapons as his show and tell, not the actual weapon
be relief in sight. >>> clashing over gun violence. vice president biden meets with the nra, doesn't go so well. what does it mean for efforts to prevent gun violence? the cost of flu outbreak from you calling in sick and maybe worse, from all of you who aren't. what it's costing us. >>> tornadoes touch down in louisiana, water levels keep rising and more rain on the way. >>> a packed show for you this morning. talk to cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta, dr. anthony fauci, from the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases. former new mexico give nor bill richardson, illinois congresswoman january, and t-boz will be joining us. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point is kind of gross. the flu. a nasty strain running rampant across the country. thousands hospitalized and dozens of people have died. in just a few hours, the cdc will release new numbers on how widespread the flu is. cnn's medical unit got an early look and one expert says we're at epidemic levels. dr. sanjay gupta is in atlanta. what are you expecting to hear? >>
't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to what the administration had to put out there. the vice president did talk about some things floating to the top. not recommendations that come from him, but recommendations he said coming from all the various groups he has been meeting with. at the top of the list is a total universal background check, including private sales of guns, second on that list, a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and also talked about the need for the federal government to get more research. get their hands on more information that he believes will prevent more gun violence in the future. pushback from the nra saying that they were troubled by
, now what? one of the leading democrats on gun control, chuck schumer said he is in talks with high nra ratings and is in talks with somebody who is perhaps the best rating from the nra, tom coburn, a republican from oklahoma. schumer has delayed releasing his legislation on background checks in hopes to make tom coburn part of this legislation. >> but not necessarily on magazines or assault-type weapons? >> reporter: correct. just on background checks. still sources high up in the democratic party here in the senate say that they simply do not think that those high-capacity magazines or, more importantly, an assault-weapons ban, that that has any chance. they think the background checks has the most realistic of any passing. >> dana, thanks very much. a short time after the hearing ended, gabrielle giffords and her husband, retired astronaut, mark kelly, visited president obama over at the white house. you see a picture that has just now been released. mark kelly is in "the situation room." come on in, mark. we're going to talk about what happened today and where you stand on all of th
president said he saw emerging consensus in some areas here. the nra said they were disappointed what is really going on here? >> that's right. that's essentially what we expected, the nra saying they wanted to come and listen to what the administration is talking about, but certainly the administration is looking for some tough guidelines here, to prevent violence in the future. so, some of the things that the vice president says has been emerging from the discussion. he pointed out these are not his recommendations, but what he's hearing from all of these meetings is, at the top of the list, universal background checks. not closing loopholes at sales, but universal background checks, and a ban on high capacity ammunition clips. these are two things that the vice president says has been emerging at the top of the list from the discussions he has been holding. but the nra obviously pushing back on this. clearly disappointed. disappointed, they said, by how these meetings have less to do with protecting the children and more to do with "the agenda, the attack on the second amendment, w
: i'm going to ask you about this -- the nra's idea about their solution to violence in schools. we'll get into that with our entire team here and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. but first... dan has the big headlines. >> other headlines making news on this tuesday. ann romney, wife to former presidential candidate mitt romney was asked to join the next season of abc's "dancing with the stars." according to tmz. the site reporting she even met with producers several times after her husband lost the election but ultimately decided against appearing on the show. the next season starts in march. cast has not been announced yet. >> bill: what do you think about the fact that ann romney would even consider appearing on "dancing with the stars"? isn't that kind of silly? >> they usually get a political person. she would have been great. >> bill: i can't believe she even gave them the time of day. >> who would have even thought that that would be where she would go in her post-election process? it is just -- you know, you would have to actually deal with the 47%. >> right. >> bill: she
plus universal background checks. a lifelong member of the nra, national rifle association supports such a measure. >>> i want to know and hear from them why do you have a magazine and need a larger magazine? you can't just push the nra away and law abiding gun owners away you have to be at the table and find out what the preference is of protect that go. >> the nra believes the root of the problem is mental illness. it is pushing for a measure to keep those gun owns out of hands of people. >> there's no way to spot these problems. some of the most horrendous of the mass murders including the one in newtown would not have been stopped a background check. the gun is stolen. the person has no prior criminal record. >> he believes it would not get any support or get past but the president promises full use of his offices to put something in place that would address america meaning they could use a grant to offer tougher measures. >> hotly debated issues. thank you very much kelly wright. >> a tale of two temperatures warm in the east and a winter chill in the west. philadelphia people
tread very lightly. they'd better be very careful. they have wandered in and followed the nra whose made some horrible pr mistakes over the past month. republicans better be careful and think twice before they make their next move. >> right. >> remember, one of the reasons the numbers are so high on background checks is because most people believe that those background checks already happened. >> right. >> they don't think that's a change in the law. >> right. >> so you're on really weak ground when people haven't got a clue and they actually support something they think is law. so the education part of it is one aspect of it. but you've also got the sheer power, the emotion of the 9/11 families style approach where you've got the sandy hook families coming in, it's very hard to oppose -- it's not about the president. you've got -- it's not even about bloomberg's money that's going to go into the advertising. the emotional force of the sandy hook families is just like it was with the 9/11 families. and republicans have got to face up to that. frankly, democrats have to face up and grow a
the vice president and represents the nra rather than wayne lapierre who i think cost the nra a huge, huge percentage of people who support the nra, obviously. but universal background checks gets the door open, and maybe then you can get high-capacity magazines. >> 75% want that also. so i keep missing the political minefield of why a republican can't move on guns. i'm not seeing it. i look at the numbers. >> look at the 100,000 new members of the nra, literally, now, of all times? it's a pretty deep division, andrea mitchell. >> and i have seen no sign, even though they very smartly did keep wayne lapierre out of the white house meeting, i don't see any sign that the nra is ready to give on the background checks, even, which they ought to. but they have not conceded anything. they feel really empowered, as mika just pointed out, the rise in members, they say rise in money, but it isn't their grass-roots membership that really matters, it's the clout they have in washington. they feel really empowered by this, and guns are leaping off the shelves even as the vice president was sitting dow
. that will pit him squarely against the nra. >> everything that's been proposed impinges on people who have every right to own firearms. >> reporter: the nra has long been a lobbying force like no other. its unwavering opposition to gun control immortalized by its late president, charlton heston. >> from my cold, dead hands. >> reporter: recent polls suggest an opening for some gun control. a majority now favoring a ban on semiautomatic handguns. but it would be a mistake to think the nra's influence has waned. in the three weeks after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, the nra added more than 100,000 new members. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. >>> and even as the vice president was holding those meetings in washington, another school shooting was taking place. this time, in california. police say a student snuck a shotgun into school and then struck one classmate in the chest and fired on another. fortunately, a heroic science teacher was able to talk him down and disarm him. a sheriff said that the 16-year-old gunman told investigators he targeted the two students because they had
's just a little too convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned
is not very happy with the meeting they had yesterday with vice president joe biden. the nra says the talk was less about making kids and more about attacking the second amendment. the vice president says that he will make his recommendation to the president of what he thinks they should do on tuesday. >> there's bottom to be some common ground here to not solve every problem but diminish the probability that what we've seen in these mass shootings and --. martha: peter doocy on this live from the white house this morning. so, peter, why specifically was the nra so unhappy with sort of the tenor of that meeting? >> reporter: martha, because as you just said, from where the nra was sitting at that meeting, they feel that the focus was too much on what they describe as an agenda to attack the second amendment and not enough on keeping children safe and the nra president, david between, who had a chance to sleep on what his representative at that meeting told him, went on a d.c. radio station this morning and why he thinks the biden-led task force will fail. >> we feel very strongly that gun
president biden and the nra, their much-hyped gun control sitdown, hours away. >> and hollywood's best waiting with anticipation. we are counting down to the academy award nominations. >> i can't wait. >> are you excited? >> i love the movies. sure. >> so do i. >> i think "argo" is the only one i want to see that got a lot of nominations. >> welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. we will start with the flu. it is spreading with a vengeance across the u.s. not only did the flu season get off to a really early start, cases are proving to be more severe than last year. the latest flu advisory says 41 states are dealing with widespread activity, more than 2,200 people are hospitalized. the hardest-hit states, pennsylvania and south carolina. each reporting 22 flu-related deaths. illinois now says they had six deaths. cases in south dakota spiked, almost doubling in the span of a week. it's so ban in boston, they declared a public health emergency. since october there have been 700 confirmed cases in boston, a rate ten times higher than last year. >> we've seen
have a plan by next tuesday, but it's clear the nra won't like it. abc's karen travers has the details. >> reporter: vice president biden met with the most prominent opponent of gun control, the national rifle association. before hand, he sounded confident. >> there's nothing that has gone to the heart of the matter more than the visual image people have of little 6-year-old kids riddled, riddled with bullet holes in their classroom. and the public demands we speak to it. >> reporter: the vice president suggested his proposals were increased gun control will be bold, including mandatory background checks on virtually every gun sale and bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: with 4 million highly motivated members, the nra spent more than $1 million on campaign contributions last year, and more than $2 million on lobbying. 288 members of congress have an a-rating from the nra for opposing new gun laws. in fact, gun rights were expanded in president obama's first term,
association as well as other gun owner and sporting groups. the nra released a statement, we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and attached to the second amendment. they said that it's unfortunate that the administration continues to push on failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. biden says his task force on gun violence will send it is recommendations to president obama by next tuesday. while the vice president says he hasn't come to any specific conclusions yet, he sees an emerging consensus on certain ideas. >> there is a surprising -- so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks, not just closed to gun show loophole but total universal background checks, including private sales. >> assault weapons are another possible target for new gun restrictions. cnn crime and justice correspondent joe johns visited a gun store today and will join us in a little bit to discover what turns an ordinary gun into an assault weapon and the changes that may be coming. >>> an unlikely idea is gai
guns in the wrong hands. the nra says it merely guards against frivolous lawsuits aimed at breaking gun makers. he joins us live in this exclusive interview. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> ted kennedy said this law was bought and paid for by the nra. in your mind, what was the intent behind this law? >> the time it was passed, there were a number of suits, predominantly by municipalities against the gun industry meant to attack against the sale of saturday night specials. the proponents of the law claimed it was designed to protect them from liability simply by making an inherently dangerous product. it was written much more broadly than that. the effect has been, when gun sellers or gun manufacturers act negligently, they're immune from any kind of liability. so you can have gun dealers turning a blind eye to the sale of hundreds of weapons to straw purchasers, and when those guns are resold or conveyed to people, criminals that use them to kill people, then they can't be held liable. that makes no sense. it's a protection not needed by the good actors and not deserved by the ba
works to ban assault weapons and other weapons. but the nra says not so fast. >>> a new stomach bug is called the ferrari of viruses. and u.s. health officials say it's taking over the country. >>> all that and manti te'o's bizarre explanation. destruction for safety's sake. and we'll take you to a place where the sun is warm and life is good. good morning. i'm meraryo mara schiavocampo. rivers are freezing in the boston area and in massachusetts, amazing pictures show river falls frozen solid. and here in new york, you can see the famous fountain in bryant park is covered in ice. we'll have much more on the deep freeze coming up in just a few minutes. >>> in after math of thiing shootings in newtown, a new bill has been proposed this washington. dianne feinstein and other democrats talked about the bill that names more than 150 firearms including semiautomatic rifles and pistols and would ban ammunition clips holding more than ten rounds. but feinstein says the bill would exempt more than 2,000 models of hunting and sporting weapons and would not affect weapons americans own for ho
but the nra says not so fast. >>> a new stomach bug is call the ferrari of viruses. it's fast-moving, highly contagious and u.s. health officials say it's taking over the country. all that, and manti te'o's bizarre explanation. destruction for safety sake. we'll take you to the place where the suns are warm, life is good. "early today" right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, january 25th, 2013. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. bitterly cold arctic care is gripping parts of the nation this morning for a third straight day. as eye can see single digit temperatures are causing rivers to freeze in the boston area. and in massachusetts, amazing pictures show the thicket rivers fall frozen solid. here in new york, you can see the famous fountain in bryant park is covered in ice. and later on our bill karins will have much more on the deep freeze. that's coming right up. >>> in the after math of the shootings in newtown, connecticut a new bill to propose the bill for assault weapons it be proposed. dianne feinstein names a bill that includes 150 firearms and rifles and pi
the day after the nra accused the white house of having a political agenda here. basically attacking the second amendment at not trying to take care of kids, that s what the nrale says. we will get to that at the mad bottom of the hour here on fox news channel, america's choicer for news. stay fit on the inside with sunsweet's amazing juices. >> shepard: i'm shepherd smith. this is "studio b." the bottom of the hour. time for top of the news. families crying in court and some walking out in disgust. even an emotional outburst shouting at shooting suspect james holmes "rot in hell." another very though the scheduled arraignment didn't even happen. the judge postponed the plea hearing until march after the defense team asked for more time. a judge ruled there is, indeed, enough evidence to try holmes in the shooting rampage which left 12 people dead and 70 wounded back in july. the delay didn't sit well with the victims' family. some shook their head and cried and another shouted down suspect himself. alisa acuna live from the courthouse in colorado. what an awful experience for these
association. the nra has accepted a invitation to meet with the group this week. president obama asked the v.p. to come up with recommendations this month to try to prevent a repeat of the massacre in newtown, connecticut. gabriel giffords and her husband the astronaut mark kelly visited new town, now they are launching their own effort to reduce gun violence. two years to the day since a gunman shot her in the head and killed six people wounding a dozen others. trace gallagher in our west coast news hub this afternoon. they are putting a lot of pressure on congress, aren't they? >> the pressure in congress as well as the national rifle association, shep. the reason that gabriel giffords and mark kelly came up with that political action committee was to raise enough money so they could fight the gun lobby on capitol hill. in their op ed in "u.s.a. today" giffords and kelly right in part quoting here wise policy has conquered disease, protected from us dangerous products and substances and made transportation safer. but when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence. we're not
safe and responsible gun ownership works and the nra has a long and proud history of doing exactly that. our eddie eagle child safety program has it out 25 million young children that if they see a gun, they should do four things. stop, don't touch it, leave the area and call an adult. as a result of this and other private sector programs, fatal firearms accidents are at the lowest level in a hundred years. the nra has over 80,000 certified instructors who teach our military personnel, law enforcement officers, and hundreds of thousands of other american men and women how to safely use firearms. we do more and spend more than anyone else on teaching safe and responsible gun ownership. we join the nation in sorrow over the tragedy that occurred in newtown, connecticut. there is nothing more precious than our children. and we have no more sacred duty than to protect our children and to keep them safe. that's why we ask former congressman and undersecretary of homeland security asa hutchinson to bring in every available expert to develop a model school shield program. one that can be indiv
, the nra comes out saying, oh, now they'll come and take away your guns and the industry profits from that and teachers and other that is profit from being invested in those companies say, hey, maybe this is like blood money. maybe we should not be part of those companies. so is this a divestment strategy that's a morality play or can you have an impact on the gun industry by doing this? >> i'm sure we can have an impact. this industry is rot on the the core. essentially making it easier for people to get the hands on the weapons even if they're used in massacres or shootings like we heard about in atlanta. business as usual is not acceptable. and we change things in part through the legislative group and has an impact where the money is. public pension fund money or shaming these big investment houses in to getting out of the guns and ammunition business. here in new york city, the dirty dozen, 12 big firms between them over 1.6 million in investments in guns and ammunition. we want to get the money out of the industry. by the way, the industry funds the nra. if the nra has a chokeho
more important than yours? >> in a move to rally gun rights supporters, the nra released this online video that calls out the president for allowing armed secret service agents to protect his daughters at school but pushing back against the nra's call for armed security at all schools. the white house called the ad, quote, repugnant and cowardly. >>> for more on the president's gun control proposals including how bay area lawmakers are reacting to the plan, go to our website, cbssf.com. >>> new at 5:00 two men are in custody another two on the run after trying to rob a jewelry store in menlo park. police say the attempted robbery happened just after noon at plaza jewelers on middlefield road. the men took off in a white car as police arrived. during the chase, the suspects ended up clipping another vehicle before crashing into a power pole. >>> a week ago the 787 dreamliner promised to launch san jose airport into the lucrative international market. tonight, it turned into a nightmare. within the last few hours, the faa has grounded all dreamliners
convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned inauguration. chavez has no
president and his task force send recommendations to the oval office. the head of the nra says he is ready to fight. >> the likelihood is they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> stay right there. more voices from the gun control debate in a minute. >>> first, police in san diego were forced to shoot a man with a gun who ran inside a movie theater. it happened yesterday. police responding to a domestic call chased the armed suspect into a crowded theater. witnesses say moviegoers poured out as police raced inside. an officer shot the suspect, the suspect survived but is in critical condition. >>> a political wound may be reopened in egypt. former president hosni mubarak has won his appeal and is going to get a new trial. an egyptian court overturned mubarak's life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters during egypt's revolution. mubarak supporters cheered in court when the decision came down. mubarak will remain in custody until his new trial starts. his lawyer says the next court date likely in april. >>> hundreds of thousands of pe
hook tragedy, is that really a good idea? cbs 5 reporter don ford on what the nra says is its true aim. >> reporter: many first person shooter games promote mass slaughter of people and mass destruction. now the national rifle association is taking aim with its own version of a videogame called practice range. public relations strategist rachel kay says this is a big step for the nra. >> in the past, they have pointed fingers at videogames. they have pointed fingers at hollywood for contributing to the recent violence. and, you know, with this app they kind of run the risk of sending conflicting messages. >> reporter: nobody gets shot and there's no blood in the nra game. it features three common target ranges. each separated by firearms safety tips. >> it seems to me more of a learning tool than a videogame. >> reporter: this nra certified firearms instructor isn't impressed. >> i think it would be really, really tough to link this to inciting violence. this is almost cartoonish technology looks like something early atari videogame. certainly
members, the nra spent more than $1 million on campaign contributions last year, and more than $2 million on lobbying. 288 members of congress have an a-rating from the nra for opposing new gun laws. in fact, gun rights were expanded in president obama's first term, as carrying firearms was made legal in national parks and on amtrak. and since the connecticut school shooting, the nra has added 100,000 new members. in a written statement, the nra said it was disappointed with the biden meeting, adding, we will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals. all the talk of new restrictions has sparked a run on gun sales. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> not a shocker there. the white house and nra do not see eye to eye on the issue. now a battle is shaping up in congress. keep in mind, when they passed the assault weapons ban in 1994, democrats controlled the house and it still passed by that mump. now it's a republican controlled house, so no matter what they put on the table come tuesday, this thing has miles to go and it's going to be an uphill ba
association reportedly surging. the nra is touting some 250,000 new members and vowing to fight the president's plan saying their second amendment rights are under attack. dan lothian is following all these developments in washington. what's the latest? >> the white house sees these recommendations as a way to hopefully curb gun violence and some of these things the president has backed before such as a ban on assault weapons. the president shortly after the connecticut shootings came out in support of that. so that's expected to be in the president's plan. also pressing for a ban on those high capacity magazines with more than ten rounds. that's the important note here. the aim here is to cut down on the ability of a gunman to go in and release up to 30 rounds in a short period of time. in addition, the president will be pushing for universal background checks so that everyone who buys aunder questi goes a criminal or mental health check. in addition the president wants to request funds be available for mental health illnesst to make sure there's money there for those things to be treated an
hard-working americans. the nra won't have to wait long to find out what the group's recommendations are. because he's promising to have them out by the beginning of next week. oo eye promised to have it to him by tuesday. doesn't mean it's the end of the discussion. the public wants us to act. >> president obama could use an executive order to restrict weapons in the country. intense arguments lies heyed. >> we still live in a democracy in this country. after next tuesday the fight will move from the white house over to capitol hill. that is where the gun owners in this country are really going to show their strength, their fortitude and what democracy is all about. we are going to be coming out there and this fight is far from over. >> today at 2:15 vice president biden is going to meet with members of the video gaming industry whose meeting has focused on the actual guns themselves. now the attention it turning to the way guns are talked about and played with virtually. >>> the gun debate is not only front and center in the nation's capitol but across the country. we have seen out
, january 24. >>> coming up, the nra takes aim at a high-profile target, the president and children, were some say the ad is crossing the line. >>> plus, would new proposed rules on gun control really control guns? we break down the numbers in our reality check. >> and decades of history all in one bay area man's head. he's reliving some of the most famous inauguration moments n t next. >>> president obama today made it official he's urging congress it to pass the most comprehensive set of gun control measures since 1958. >> if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, we have an o obligation to try it. >> new background checks for every gun sale, a ban on military style assault weapons and new limits on how much ammunition each gun magazine can carry. those proposals were largely developed by a new congressional passport that included bay area congresswoman jackie spear. she is also a high-profile victim of gun violence. jodi hernandez caught up with spears today to find out what she thought of the president's final proposapro
that are a danger to themselves including criminals and the mentally ill. nra executive vice president wayne lapierre will testify before the senate today and has released his prepared remarks which, in part, read, quote, when it comes to the issue of background checks, let's be honest. background checks will never be "universal" because criminals will never submit to them. meanwhile, this morning, "the new york times" is reporting that despite chicago's strict gun laws, the city is still struggling to control its gun violence -- guns attributed to more than 500 homicides last year alone in the windy city with at least 40 killings already reported this year. we were talking about this earlier, joe. how do you think this is going to pan out as we look forward on guns? something that you're stepping into a bit yourself. >> well, i think it's great news that you have tom coburn, an oklahoma conservative, who's been a champion on a lot of conservative issues coming out and supporting universal background checks. now, this should be a very simple, obvious thing for politicians on both sides of the a
including the nra made their case to vice president joe biden today as the obama administration aims to curb gun violence. we'll tell you how today's meeting played out. >> also ahead tonight. >> reporter: this may look like a doctor's office, but it's actually one of the d.c.'s new medical marijuana dispensaries. i'm beth parker. i'll take you on a tour coming up. >> later on the news edge, the real star of argo, meet the maryland man who is not only responsible for the american success story but may wind up with an oscar, also.  >>> a news alert from colorado where a judge ruled this evening there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for suspected movie theater gunman james holmes. the preliminary hearing was held this week to determine whether the case should go to trial. holmes is accused of murdering 12 people, wounding 70 others in july. he's scheduled to be formerly charged tomorrow. his lawyers asked for the arraignment to be delayed. >>> a 16-year-old california student is in custody after he brought a shot gun and 20 rounds of ammunition to school this morning in t
president joe biden meets today with the nra and wal-mart that is set to be a pretty contentious meeting. two powerhouses in the gun industryer this, but biden's comments got gun owners fired up yesterday. here is some of that. >> the president is going to act. there are executive orders, there are executive action that can be taken. we haven't decided what it will be yet but we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe that is required. bill: this is top pick a, now. stephen hayes, senior writer "weekly standard." good morning to you. >> good morning, bill. bill: what type of order would fit an executive mandate in this case? >> there are a couple different things the white house is considering. one would be harvesting the information already available to a wide variety of government agencies and passing that onto the fbi for inclusion in its database about who can and can not buy guns. things that would indicate mental health problems, what have you. i think there are also potentially looking at re
congress is going to do. but it is an interesting moment that the nra is being brought to the table. that should be an encouraging sign that -- around that table there's going to be a nice balance of opinion. >> right. different voices. it's interesting, the nra claims $4.4 million was spent on congressional lobbying. the brady campaign spent $5,800. so there is a disparity in terms of the amount spent lobbying. but they all need to be around that table. there should be a happy medium. i think everyone agrees that the second amendment is there for a purpose, but let's reach a consensus on this. >> absolutely. there's no way you can have a healthy, balanced gun control debate without the nra at the table. they represent a significant part of the country. but that stat that mark kelly shared, 85% of kids killed in the world happen here in the u.s. killed by guns. i knew it was bad, but i didn't know it was that bad. >> staggering and sobering. >>> the suspected aurora theater gunman james holmes acted bizarrely in the moments after the shooting, according to detectives who questioned
amendment we gotta have it. >> i'm not an nra member, i don't usually do these types of things i just feel i need >> reporter: beyond the rhetoric of anger and defiance there were those who felt the recent tragedy that has brought gun rights to the national stage has been taken too far. >> i have children and i was appalled just like everyone else in this country about what happened in newtown but i really felt strongly about certain politicians, the president and other politicians and some of the gun control advocates manipulating the newtown tragedy for their purposes. >> reporter: a small contingent of those gun control advocates stood at the fringe of the gathering in silent opposition. >> some of us are gun owners that believe that president obama's plan is the correct thing to do right now. >> the president and the vice president have proposedregister, to keep violee out of our schools. i would think the people on the other side of the parking lot would agree with those rules. >> if there were measures out there that would minimize these things let's do it. but getting rid of guns and
you discuss the commonality between your organization, the nra, and the obama administration when it comes to finding ways to reduce gun violence? >> what we think works, and we support what works. i've talked about the eagle child safety program which would put more money into than anybody in the country. we support enforcing the federal gun laws on the books were under% of the time against drug dealers, gangs with guns, felons with guns, and that works. you've got states like california where they send more inmates back to the streets and have to put more back in jail for new crimes guns -- committed against their citizens than any other state in the nation. new york state, too. the collapse of the fiscal situation in those states has also collapsed the criminal justice system in those states. the nra has always supported what works. we have 11,000 police instructors and we represent honest people all over this country. there are 25,000 violent crimes per week in this country. the innocent are being preyed upon. the statistics are numbing and 911 calls are horrible. victims all
member of the nra. people who have been affected by gun violence, people have used guns to protect themselves and their families. we wanted this to try to be a discussion and get a lot of different view points in and see if there are any common grounds between those who are great advocates for more gun control and advocates for gun rights opposed to greater gun control or greater background check. so we wanted to try to look for common ground and not just look at guns but also mental health issues and where that is in the equation and school safety issues. it's going to be an interesting discussion tonight, wolf. >> i'm really looking forward to it. i hope you find common ground. this is a critically, critically important issue for our entire country. anderson's town hall tonight, 8:00 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. >>> up next, a catastrophic flooding taking an enormous economic toll on australia and they have an impact felt around the world. ake someone happy.♪ ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ ♪make just one heart to heart you - you sing to♪ ♪one smile that
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